Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters have taken to the streets in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and other US cities to demand an end to deadly Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
In Los Angeles on Saturday, protesters chanted “Free Palestine” and blocked traffic in a large jungle, while in New York, huge crowds chanted “Free, free Palestine” and “From the river to the sea,” with Brooklyn. Palestine will be free. “
Imran Khan, a 35-year-old corporate strategist from Manhattan, said during a protest rally in Brooklyn, “I came here because I want Palestinian life to be equal to Israeli life and not today.” .
“When you have a nuclear-armed state and another state of villagers with rockets, it becomes clear who is to blame.”
“Palestinians have the right to live independently and children should not be killed in Gaza,” said Alison Zambrano, 20, who traveled from neighboring Connecticut to protest. Called.
Describing the Israeli army’s violence against the Palestinians as “genocide”, Ahmed said, “Support the victims, stop the persecution.”
At least 145 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and 10 pro-Israel protesters have been killed in six days of violence.
Hours before the procession, Israel attacked Gaza, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp and leveling up a building housing the offices of Al Jazeera and The Associated Press.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders have shown no sign of retreating, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the attack on Gaza “as long as necessary”, while Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has said he will not lose the opportunity to resist.
In the United States, Nakba Day, or Palestine, commemorates the thousands of Palestinians displaced by Israel’s declaration of independence in 1946, which they called Castroff.
A huge crowd in San Francisco played the drums and shouted “Palestine will be free”, while similar scenes in Boston when traffic was blocked at the Israeli consulate in New England.
Footage on social media showed protesters standing on the gleaming top of the consulate building, decorating a banner in the colors of the Palestinian flag with the word “free Palestine.”
Thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C., moved out of the Washington Monument and National Archives, while protesters in the city of Philadelphia filled Rittenhouse Square to declare U.S. support for Israel.
A speaker at a rally in Pittsburgh has already called on U.S. lawmakers to impose restrictions on how Israel can spend Washington’s aid.
Al Jazeera’s John Hendren, published from Washington, D.C., described Saturday’s rally as unusually large in support of the Palestinians.
“The protesters wanted the US government to put more pressure on Israel to end the conflict,” Hendren said.
“The real feeling of dissatisfaction was that the policies of the Biden administration are not significantly different from those of the Trump administration or any other US administration over the past several years.”
Amid the violence and rallies, Biden telephoned Netanyahu on Saturday and reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza.
The U.S. leader spoke with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and pledged to “further strengthen the US-Palestinian partnership,” the White House added in a tweet.
Phyllis Benis, a political analyst at the US-based Institute for Policy Studies, expressed concern about Biden’s failure to “put any pressure on Israel to stop this massacre in Gaza.”
“It’s a very familiar situation where the United States is taking the lead from Israel as they prepare for a ceasefire. He made it clear to Netanyahu that he was not ready for a ceasefire, “he told Al Jazeera. U.S. policy, therefore, he said was “dangerous enough.”